Edgar Allan Poe's Personal Life- A Biography

Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe


Edgar Allan Poe was a poet that wasn't very well known at first, as is the case with many poets. After he died however, people began to see his talent in his works that have become well known around the world. The Raven is an example of one of his best known works along with Annabel Lee. Both of these poems are indeed favorites of mine.


Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston Massachusettes in the year of 1809 on January 19. His parents were Elizabeth Arnold Poe and David Poe Jr., an actor. At this time no one knew of the talent this man would have, how could they have?

Sadly enough his mother passed on in Richmond Virginia in the year 1811. It was around then that a John Allan and his wife took him into his home and raised him. However his mother's death would not be the last one of someone close to him. Edgar Allan Poe lost a lot of his loved ones.


This amazing talented writer of short stories and many well known poems went to the University of Virginia in the United States. It was there that he received the majority of his education. However Poe also went to the Military Academy At West Point for brief period in time. He had gone there after he was forced to join the military out of poverty. However he was released because of the death of his foster mom. It was then that he did start at the Military Academy. However Poe no longer wanted to go there so he quickly tried to get kicked out by not going to classes and doing anything else he possibly could to get kicked out.

The Loved

Poe actually loved a few woman in his lifetime. He married his cousin Virginia Clemm when she was only 13 years old. He was a great husband and son in law in this relationship. Once again however, he lost another one that was close. For she died in January 1847.

The next year he went to Providence Rhode Island to woo over Sarah Helen Whitman, a fellow poet. The two of them did get engaged but it did not last for Poe became attracted to other women.


Edgar Allan Poe was a great editor, a critic, a writer of wonderful terrifying short stories, and a poet. While he was a critic it is said that he was a harsh and strict critic. Any tiny mistake was considered to be big for him. He was also a strict editor as well.

As an editor Poe worked at the Southern Literary Messenger in the year 1835. He lost this job because of his drinking habits that seemed to be a problem he had for the most part of his life.


On October 7, 1849 the United States lost a great poet. He died on this day but his cause of death is unknown. They did not have the technology nor the skills that we have today to determine the cause of death. It may had been his drinking problems or heart failure. It could have been anything.

Poe wrote many great works of art. His stories are frightening but well written with a skill I feel no other possesses. He wrote poetry, dark poetry of pain and torment. A pain that we can all understand now in modern day. His works are recognized today. He is a poet that will not be forgotten, after death or in centuries. He will always remain the tormented soul of Edgar Allan Poe.

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Nat Amaral 5 years ago from BC Canada

A wonderful article--Poe is one of my classic favorites. You clearly did quite a bit of research to have done this piece. It was an excellent read.

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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you, glad to know another fan of Poe's.

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Teylina 5 years ago

Another fan, Cresentmoon2007. I really appreciate the way you laid out this hub, and the info is right-on. You are so right: he is one poet who will never be forgotten and will always be remembered for his masterful hand at mystery and fears--including his own. Re his editing, you might want to check out some of our hubbers who are excellent teachers of the grammatical side of writing. Up, interesting. Like it!

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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you Teylina, I may just do that. Glad you are a fellow fan.

september girl 5 years ago

Thanks for the share, as I did not know a lot about the dark poet, always being a bit afraid of his style of poetry and stories. But I have to agree, you did a great job describing him! : )

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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you. I have always enjoyed Edgar Allan Poe.

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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

Nice write-up! I loved Edgar Allen Poe when I was in high school and read everything he ever wrote. I have always been amused by the fact that he and Jerry Lee Lewis have their three names and marriage to their 13 year old cousins in common! LOL! Useless trivia! :D Voted up and interesting!

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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Well that is interesting. I do not know much about Jerry Lee Lewis so thank you for sharing that little bit of information with me. Thank you for reading.

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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

Yeah, I don't know much about Jerry Lee Lewis either, but I always found that bit of knowledge amusing :)

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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

It is interesting, something I never heard about

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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

A wonderful tribute to this master of the dark, weird and wonderful! I still love to either read or to listen to his works, even although I have heard/read them so often. His stories weave into your mind like many modern writers fail to do. He leaves out just enough to let your imagination take hold - very powerful and very frightening. But I guess this is the true mark of a master author and poet.

I loved this tribute to Poe and hope his spirit is at peace. Voted up + awesome!

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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you Seeker7. I am glad to find another yet another Poe fan and pleased to see you loved my hub. His stories as well as poems tend to make their way into my mind and heart. Touching me in ways that no other poet has.

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Just History 5 years ago from England

Not that old when he died? I just wonder how many more great poems were inside his head

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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Just History, I find myself wondering that quite often.

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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

Mr. Poe was a true Capricorn, ruled by Saturn, the planet of death, look at him, he's so melancholy. Annabel Lee was my favorite poem. Nice hub.

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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you Lilleyth, Annabel Lee is one of my favorites as well.

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